“The flat work will go quickly,” Yann Curtis said Friday as he stepped back from blowing concrete into the form of a large ramp Friday morning.
Curtis, co-owner and vice president of the Austin-based company, SPA Skateparks, was braving the South Texas heat with a construction team at Flournoy Park.
The company was hired by the City Council months ago to design and build a skate park for the facility at a cost of $200,000.
After previewing the design at a special public hearing, the council gave final approval based on the reception the facility received from local skaters.
Curtis said he expects the construction to be finished by the end of this week or by the end of next week, if the weather cooperates.
The SPA crew has been busy building the ramps and sloped features at the facility. Once that work is completed, all that will remain will be the flat areas of the facility.
The skating structure will be one of the highlights of the improvements to the park. A walking trail, picnic facilities and public restrooms already have been completed at Flournoy.
The Beeville Garden Club has been enlisted to create a butterfly garden on the property.
Flournoy Park is one of the city’s most visible recreational facilities. It is located just north of downtown in land between North St. Mary’s and North Washington streets, north of West Hutchinson and south of West Huntington streets.
But little has been done to the park over the years.
The improvements are part of several recent park improvements approved by the City Council and paid for with more than $3 million in bond sales.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.